Ariën Artists - Kris BELLIGH, Bariton - English biography









Originally from Belgium, Kris moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and went on to study on the Opera Course at the Royal Scottish Academy. n no time, Kris Belligh made himself a name as an allround reliable singer, musician and performer.  Whilst at the Academy he performed the roles of Mercurio in La Calisto by Cavalli, Bretigny in Manon, Ramiro in L’heure espagnole, Marco in Gianni Schicchi and for the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, Masetto in Don Giovanni.

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During the current season 2021-2022 Kris Belligh was engaged as Don Iñigo Gomez in the successful new production of L’heure espagnole directed by Tom Goossens, at the Flanders Opera. Moreover he participated in the magnum opus by the Belgian composer Lodewijk Mortelman's Kinderen der Zee as Bolten and in the revival of Lulu (as Polizeikommissar and Ein Diener). Both under the baton of Alain Altinoglu at the Royal Theatre La Monnaie. The artist will also take part in world premiere, in Raf Vandermeulen’s new opera Tropenliefde (Viridis).

Deepening the repertoire

The constraints of the past year have resulted in a number of chamber music collaborations, amongst which, the world premiere of new works by Wim Henderickx, Jean-Paul Dessy and Laurent Houcque with Musiques Nouvelles and the Malibran Quartet, and a recording of Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch together with soprano Morgane Heyse.

Career overview

Noteworthy are his debut at the Flanders Opera in the world premiere in 2019 of Hèctor Parra's new Opera Les Bienveillantes (Peter Rundel/Calixto Bieito), Thomas Brown in The Zoo for the Odegand Festival, and the recent series of Bernstein Centenary concert performances of West Side Story in Rome, with the Accademia Santa Cecilia under the baton of Maestro Antonio Pappano. With the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, under the baton of Martyn Brabbins, the artist participated in the live CD-recording of Peter Benoit's opus magnum De Schelde. Other productions in which he appeared here, included  Die Zauberflöte (Papageno), King Arthur (Momus/Cold Genius) and in Der Schauspieldirektor (Komponist).

He made his house debut at La Monnaie in La Traviata and was subsequently reinvited to take part in Daphne (Shepherd), Capriccio (Diener), The Cunning Little Vixe (Làpak).

The Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam engaged him to interpret the Unsuccessful player in The Gambler, and the English National Opera to take part in the world premiere of Tansy Davies' Between Worlds. Further on the UK stage, he has performed both Count Almaviva and Figaro in Le Nozze di FigaroDon Giovanni (title role), Marcello in La Bohème, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, as well as Guglielmo and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte.

He made his debut at the Opéra de Rennes as Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and returned in the same production at the Opera houses of Rouen and Tourcoign.  He has appeared at the Nationale Reisopera in The Netherlands as Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata and Blazes in The Lighthouse and for International Opera Productions as Dr Falke in Die Fledermausand Dancairo in Carmen.

As part of the cultural Olympiade at the Purcell Room, Kris created the roles of Schade/Mr Bata in the world-premiere of Emily Howard’s Zatopek ! and the leading role in Philip Venables’ Unleashed.

As a prize winner of the Armel International Opera Competition, Kris created the role of Headmaster in Parody by Kerek Gabor, for Plzen JK Tyl Opera, and appeared live on ARTE from the Erkel Theatre in Budapest.


Update cv, season 2021/2022, December 2021. Please contact the agency to get Kris BELLIGH's most recent biographical details.

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